DIY: Rope Swing

I wanted to share how we managed to hang a rope swing so easily without a ladder or climbing the tree! This project was so easy, a single person could do it on their own even if you’re afraid of heights! This ingenious plan was my Dad’s. The children are so thankful…everyday…for hours. lol

Step 1

Step 1

First, we tied a skinny piece of rope onto a weight (A large socket worked well for two reasons: 1. It was metal and heavy, and 2. the rope was easily tied through it). We threw the weight and skinny rope up over the tree limb. We doubled the thick rope for the swing over and tied an overhand knot forming a loop at one end. Then we tied the skinny rope to the loop in the thick rope and pulled it up over the limb.

Step 2

We untied the skinny rope after it had served it’s purpose and discarded it to the side. Then we inserted the other end of the thick rope through the loop we had made.

Step 3

When we pulled the end all the way through the loop the knot made its way up forming a tight hold around the limb.

Step 4

Step 4

 

At this point, you form another knot in the middle of the rope. This can be any kind of knot, but Dad chose to make another loop like the first so that the swing could easily be adjusted lower or higher. It is best if this knot is as high up the rope as you can easily reach.

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Step 5

We had a board ready with two holes (one on each side) drilled using paddle bits. You can see below that the rope just went in one whole and out the other. There aren’t four holes (two on each side) with complicated, fancy knots like most swing ideas I found when browsing the web for ideas.

Step 5

Step 5

Using the free end of the rope, I simply tied another overhand knot above the existing knot in the middle of the rope. Since my kids were taking it upon themselves to adjust the swing, I like this idea better. But if you want an adjustable swing, you can pull as much of the rope as you want through the loop and tie a slip knot in the rope instead. That way the rope can easily be undone to be lowered or made higher. Excellent idea if your kids are old enough to adjust it themselves or small enough that they can’t reach it to mess with it! Mine just wouldn’t leave it alone! lol

Step 6

Step 6

This is what the knot looks like tightened down.

Step 6

Step 6

Last, we cut the end of the rope and simply wound it up around the rope above the knot so that it wouldn’t be in anyone’s face.

Step 7

Step 7

I loved this idea, because (unlike any idea I found on the web), it didn’t call for any complicated, fancy knots or even a ladder! So I hope by sharing our idea we make someone’s project easier and many kids’ days happier! :)

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